Elizabeth I by William Scrots (1546)

This portrait of the princess was painted when she was 13 or 14 years old. It was sent to her brother, King Edward VI. It is currently at Windsor Castle, where it can be seen during any visit. In attitude and style, it matches a portrait of her brother hanging nearby.

I love this portrait because it shows Elizabeth’s own love of education, as well as the strong queen she would become, twelve years later, after spending a lifetime surviving the politics of her father Henry VIII, her brother Edward VI, the brief reign of Lady Jane Gray, and her sister Mary I.

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